I had actually planned this Lightning cosplay very early on, in 2007, but never started it till very much later, choosing instead to debut Noctis Lucis Caelum (FFVersusXIII) first. Sketches, drafts and blueprints weren’t actually worked on until 2009, when I decided (on the very last minute, as usual) to attend an end-of-year event in Singapore as part of a Final Fantasy XIII team.

Total time spent on this project was probably around 60+ hours.

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Years of Cosplay: 4
Auckland, New Zealand


  1. Mac says:

    You should put some side to side shots with the original CG version, they are so similar, Stunning!

  2. Rainer Tachibana is one of the best in my opinion! She seems to be the original Lightning,not just a mere cosplayer. XD

  3. Akusesu says:

    I Adore this cosplayer to death!!!

  4. kasai16 says:

    OSM~ she’s the real thing!! *mew*

  5. Rescend says:


    SHIZU FTW \o/!

  6. fuyumi says:

    BAHHHH !~ Shizuka is a legend…

    I wonder when she’ll come down to Melbourne since she said she would when I asked xDDD


  7. kiru says:

    kyaa~ she’s so gooodd 😀

  8. ahbu says:

    She’s my favourite cosplayer too! <3

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